Who is The PAW Project?

Image: Mia and Lucy the dog

Mia is a No Kill Advocate and created The PAW Project in 2010. It is a project and is not a non-profit. Everything that has been achieved has been done without the use of your money.

Her work has gained International attention. This has resulted in sponsored trips to attend the 2011, 2012 and 2013 No Kill Conference in Washington DC, establishing strong bonds with No Kill Directors, workers, veterinarians, advocates and lawyers.

Mia is the creator of CASS: Companion Animal Shelter Summit held at South Australian Parliament House on the 10th October, 2013, she established Australia’s first playgroup for shelter dogs, and is responsible for introducing life saving legislation called the Companion Animal Protection Act to the South Australian Greens.

Mia’s knowledge includes:

  • how to implement life saving programs
  • the importance of a compassionate leader
  • turbocharging adoptions
  • effective shelter design (on a budget!)
  • infectious diseases and effective infection control
  • effective feral, stray and community cat management
  • dog breed identification
  • shelter enrichment
  • breed discriminatory legislation and community safety
  • optimising staff morale, both paid and unpaid
  • foster care and neonatal kitten care
  • community embracement
  • playgroup for shelter dogs
  • carbon monoxide gas chambers
  • Companion Animal Protection Act (CAPA)
  • political advocacy

Mia conducts three seminars:

  • No Kill – where did it start, who is doing it and what success have they achieved.
  • Turbocharging Adoptions – learn about how human obstacles to life saving far outweigh animal ones.
  • Infection Control – effective (and cost effective) cleaning, disinfectant and hand hygiene.

If you are interested in hearing these seminars, please contact Mia via the contact page.

Image: Moët the cat

Mia has a twenty year career as an Intensive Care Nurse. She is currently employed as a Clinical Nurse in Intensive Care and is a part of the Medical Emergency Team.

Mia has a dog called Lucy who was adopted from the Animal Welfare League SA, and a cat called Moët who was adopted from the Royal Society of the Prevention of cruelty to Animals SA.

If you are interested in becoming a No Kill advocate, or learning more about how Australians shelters can eliminate their kill rates, or wish to pursue CAPA in your State or Territory, please send Mia a message via the contact page.

Image: Debi Day

Debi Day contacted Mia in 2010 to discuss No Kill in Australia. She sponsored Mia’s attendance to the 2011 No Kill Conference so she could learn about life saving in animal shelters. They shared a passion, and became friends (which was easy because Debi is super cool).

Debi sponsored Mia’s attendance to the No Kill Conference 2012 and 2013, and it was her generosity and friendship that has guided Mia to focus on a pathway that she could never have established on her own. Debi gave Mia access to the tools that would create The PAW Projects vision, CASS and politically advocating for CAPA in her own state of South Australia.

The PAW Project and all its success is dedicated to Debi Day.


Below is a list of people that inspire Mia. They each excel in their role and continue to make a difference to people and their pets in their own communities. Their vision, compassion and intelligence is what makes them so awesome!


Nathan Winograd
Debi Day
Michael Linke
Dr. Victoria Voith
Tammy Franks
Brad Griggs
Bonney Brown
Karen Delise
Miriam Schiller
Matt Valentino
Robyn Kippenberger
Don Cleary
Ryan Clinton
Aimee Sadler
Mitch Schneider
My Mum

Greens SA commits to CAPA


Exposing the Adelaide Hills Puppy Farm


ABC Adelaide Front Page


The Courier SA


Matt Kingsley, Action Motorsport QLD


The PAW Project mentioned in Ideas Hoist


Mannigham Leader VIC





The PAW Project Event, courtesy of SA Dog Rescue